Heart Disease: Pharaohs Had It, Too
'Part of the human condition,' so fast food not only culprit
By Will McCahill, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 7:20 PM CST
A mummy enters a CT scanner tube set up outside of the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities in Cairo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In a finding that pokes holes in the thinking that our modern fast-food lifestyle is behind heart disease, scientists have discovered that Egypt’s mummies, too, had hardened arteries. “Atherosclerosis is not just a disease of modern times,” one researcher tells WebMD. “It’s part of the human condition.” CT scans found some evidence of hardening in nine of 16 mummies; one skeptic notes that only the upper classes—more likely to eat a rich diet—could be mummified.

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Nov 18, 2009 11:53 AM CST
How much medical research do you think is NOT funded by drug companies?
Nov 18, 2009 11:37 AM CST
Good point. Research paid for by drug makers is obviously biased and self-serving.
Nov 18, 2009 4:11 AM CST
Being the equivalent to a filthy-rich, unapologetic CEO, they ate well enough to achieve heart disease while their workers (aka slaves) nearly starved. Somethings never change.